Thursday, July 5, 2012
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Jose Quintana
By David Collier
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers wrap up their three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday before heading home for a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins before the All-Star break. The series finale features LHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Jose Quintana at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Harrison (11-3, 3.16): The 26-year-old will make his 17th start of the season. ... He was named to the American League All-Star Game for the first time in his career. ... Named AL Pitcher of the Month and Rangers Player of the Month for June after going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. He is the second Rangers pitcher to win the monthly honor in the last 14 seasons. ... He's the first Rangers pitcher to win five games in a month since Scott Feldman in August 2009 and the first with at least 11 wins prior the the All-Star break since Kenny Rogers in 2004. ... He is tied with David Price for the AL lead in wins. ... Currently has a seven-game win streak, which matches a career best. ... Harrison is 11-0 this season when allowing three runs or fewer. ... He is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA against the White Sox in six career starts. ... Picked up his first win of the season April 8 against the White Sox, throwing six shutout innings. ... Pitched a four-hit shutout in Chicago on May 8, 2009.
Quintana (3-1, 2.19): The 23-year-old is making his eighth start and 10th appearance of the season. ... Made his major league debut May 7, giving up just one hit with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. ... He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings in his last start against the New York Mets. It is the only outing this season where he has given up more than two runs. ... Has a 1.74 ERA in four home games, including three starts. ... Holds an impressive 0.35 ERA in five daytime appearances, including three starts. ... Opponents are hitting just .151 off of him in day games this year. ... No. 3 and 4 hole hitters are just 9-for-41 (.220) this season. ... With two outs and runners in scoring position, opponents are only 2-for-19 (.105) against him.
Hitters: No current Rangers have faced Quintana. ... Current White Sox are 16-for-81 (.198) off Harrison. ... Alex Rios is 3-for-8 (.375) with an RBI and three walks. ... Paul Konerko 2-for-14 (.143) with a double and an RBI. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 0-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Fri. vs. Twins: TBD vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (2-7, 5.40), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. Twins: TBD vs. RHP Cole De Vries (2-1, 3.43), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. Twins: TBD vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (4-5, 8.10), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ FSSW